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Investor Series: Why sewer scopes are important - 10/26/08 10:32 PM
A LOT of agents don't advise their clients to get sewer scopes when they purchase a property. This is a major mistake. A broken sewer can cost between $3,000 - $10,000 dollars to repair and it only costs $99 ($99Rooter - others are more expensive) to have a tech put a camera down the sewer pipe and videotape the sewer all the way to the mainline. This will tell you and the-buyer what the condition of the sewer is. So let's see, we pay to have the furnace inspected but a new furnace will only be about $2,000. We pay to (0 comments)
Topics for Investors: Basement Kitchens - 10/26/08 10:31 PM
You walk into a property you're looking to buy and rent and you walk down into the basement and voila! you find a full second kitchen. Great! You start calculating how much rent you could get if you could rent the downstairs separate from the upstairs and the cashflow is out of this world! But wait, there are a number of very real problems with this scenario. First of all, it's illegal unless the property is zoned for more than one tenant and the property has been converted to non-residential use. But there are even more practical reasons why having (0 comments)
Investor Series: Understanding Egress Windows - 10/26/08 10:31 PM
A lot of investors ask what an egress window is and when one is needed. Technically, it's a window for a room below grade that a municipality has deemed large enough to be safe for exit in case of emergency. While there are some variations, the window needs to be large enough that a firefighter with an oxygen bottle on their back could get in, then carry out an injured person in a fire. Most often, it's associated with a basement bedroom window, making it a legal bedroom. Basement bedrooms without egress windows are illegal. Installing an egress window makes them (0 comments)
Investor Series: Things to keep in mind when seeing a foreclosed home - 10/26/08 10:30 PM
As investors we face a number of very real and very scary challenges. Making sense of this market is no mean feat and one has to be very careful with his or her investment. However, we usually think about danger as financial. Unfortunately, on rare occasion it can be even worse than that. The majority of the homes investors are buying these days are vacant and once in a while people break in and live in these properties illegally. The last thing you want to do is walk in on someone camped out in a house, perhaps conducting illegal an activity. This (0 comments)
Investor Series: Things to look for when you look at roofs - 10/26/08 10:30 PM
Have you ever driven through Aurora North looking for a rental property and taken a close look at the roofs? Here's what you'll see: a bunch of 1950's ranches in varying states of repair or disrepair, lawns that are often grassless, old handcrank windows and roofs in almost perfect condition! This surprised me at first and perplexed me for a long time. Why, in a neighborhood devastated by foreclosures with properties with massive deferred maintenance are the roofs in such condition? Really! Stand in the middle of a typical street and looking at 10 roofs simultaneously, you'll be amazed. Well, it turns (0 comments)
The average home price in Metro Denver increased +2% in the full year 2005 to the full year 2006. Comparing 2006 to 2007, the average home price across the metro dropped 3%, to $303,000. The average price in the first three quarters of 2008 was $272,000 vs. similar period of 2007 was $308,000: an 11% decrease. These numbers will be slightly different than Metrolist, as they are just Denver Metro and don't include outlying areas like Colorado Springs or Boulder.Much of the decline is a mix issue. For example, sales volume of homes over 4,000 square feet has (0 comments)
The big message has not changed since last quarter - it's still a great time to be a buyer in the condo market. Prices are at a three year low in many areas, and interest rates on mortgages are still historically low.The average condo price in Metro Denver declined 4% between 2006 and 2007: from $187K to $180K. Homes dropped 3% in that time period. Looking just at the first nine months of 2008 vs. the same time period in 2007, the price dropped 6%: from $181K to $172K. Homes dropped 11% in that time period. From their peak prices (0 comments)
A little more evidence we're past bottom of market cycle - 10/26/08 10:25 PM
Take a look at the first page, for AUN (Aurora North). Note these positive market trends this year:- number of active listings steadily declining- average list price pretty stable (finally!)- U/C up dramatically- Number of sales / month up (partially seasonality)- DOM dropping- Stability in average sold prices and sold price as % of list- Sold price as % original price UP a lot - banks are getting better at pricing- Number of expired listings down Every indicator is improving this year in AUN. You will see the same trends in DSW (southwest Denver County), but not as marked an improvement as (0 comments)
Investing in Real Estate - 101 - 10/26/08 10:24 PM
Investor often ask me what types of real estate investments are available on the market. Here's what we tell them. This is the first of several postings on the topic. Please offer comments - positive or negative! Assignments. If you don't have much equity to work with, and/or if your credit power is limited, assignments can be a way to get started in real estate investing. You will need to have a strong "sales" personality to succeed at it, though.
Rental Condo or Rental Home. Purchase of a residential property to be rented out to tenants, usually on a 6-12 month lease (0 comments)
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